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Replacing a 3 prong cord with a 4 prong cord on a Maytag Neptune Model # mde4000ayw

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  • kimberlydc00 Sep 27, 2009

    The back of our dryer does not look like any of the pictures I have looked at. We have the three wires that are hooked to the terminal and we have a green wire that hooks on to the dryer frame up inside. There are also a bundle of wires in there and a few are hooked to the terminal...do we just leave those there and hook up the new wires to the 4 prong on top of those?

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These two pictures illustrate the power wiring on a the terminal of an electric dryer. The one on top is the old-style three-wire configuration. Most people have this type in their homes. New code changes, though, require that dryers now have a four-wire cord, shown on the bottom.
Besides the number of wires in each cord, there are two important things to notice. First, in the four-wire configuration, notice that the dryer's grounding strap is folded back on itself. The whole point of the four-wire cord is to separate the ground from the neutral. The green wire (the "new" extra wire in the four-wire cord) is attached to the dryer cabinet. In the three-wire configuration, the grounding strap is left intact and the neutral and ground are tied together.


Sure hope this helps you find a resolution to your delimma! Best wishes.


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